By now it’s no secret how much I love Left Coast Estate. Family owned and operated, the wines are lovely. They are well crafted, delicious, and often surprising! Left Coast Estate is certified sustainable through LIVE, and has even partnered with the US Department of Fish & Wildlife to restore the oak forests in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. A majority of the Estate is solar powered. They walk the walk.
A few weeks ago, they sent me a bottle of 2016 Latitude 45 Estate Pinot Noir – just in time for the holidays! Sure enough, this is the perfect wine to sip during this season.
The deeply hued garnet color of this wine is unexpected since Pinot Noir is usually a lighter color. The nose is intoxicating, with a bright, aromatic bouquet of flowers: roses, candied violets, and lilacs. Luscious, earthy flavors tickle the tongue: mushrooms, freshly plucked thyme, red bursting berries, and forest floor. The mouthfeel is finessed with a silky/satiny beginning and a velvety finish. It is elegance in a glass.
This wine would pair very well with any food at the holiday table. The herbaceousness of it would complement stuffing and turkey, while the acidity would be lovely with buttery mashed potatoes.
If you’re interested in watching the actual tasting experience, please check out this light-hearted video: Holiday Review of 2 Left Coast Estate Wines